Accessories you may need
Accessories are the key to making your cycling experience both pleasurable and long lasting. Some of the main accessories are detailed below.
Don’t lose it, lock it
There are two simple ways of cutting the risk of bike theft. A good lock – D locks are sturdy and cable locks are useful to secure any parts of the bike which are quick release such as the saddle or front wheel. Use it effectively – Where you lock your bike and what you lock it to are critical. Make sure it is secure and in a place where any potential thieves would be conspicuous.
Protect yourself with a helmet
A helmet will not prevent accidents from happening but can provide protection if you fall off your bike. We particularly recommend them for young children and individuals cycling in heavy traffic. Ultimately wearing a helmet is a question of individual choice and parents need to make the choice for their children. Always buy a new helmet which conforms to one of the recognised safety standards. If your helmet takes a bash always replace it as it will not offer the same protection.
See and be seen
When cycling in the dark you are required by law to have a white light on the front and a red light on the rear. These can easily clip on to your bike or your clothes
Always carry a pump when you are cycling
A pump is an essential item for any cyclist and can either be attached to the bike or carried separately in a bag. Please take note that there are two types of bike valves and most pumps will adjust to fit both. We will advise you of which one to use when purchase your pump from us.
A lot of bikes come with mudguards already attached, but others don’t, so you will need to get a pair to avoid mud and water being sprayed up your back in wet weather.
A bag for carrying things
Rucksacks are fine for carrying light loads but can make you hot. For heavier loads, longer or more regular journeys, pannier bags or rack top bags are recommended. For lighter loads a basket on the front handlebars is a popular option or for very heavy loads a bike trailer can be used.
A bell is useful to provide a warning
A bell is a must for any considerate cyclist. A friendly ring will let people know you are approaching.
Some tools for the road
Do not worry we are not suggesting you need to be a cycle mechanic but to help ensure you are always able to complete your journey it is always a good idea to carry a few bits and pieces with you. We recommend you carry a spare inner tube and tyre levers so that if you have a puncture you dont need to repair the puncture immediately but just replace the inner tube. It is also a good idea to carry a multitool kit to enable you to make any little adjustments required.